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Musical Question

December 1, 2012

This week’s post is inspired by a popular video on YouTube this week made by Vsauce, a profile that features an educational videos. It asked the question “Will we ever run out of new music?”

In the video, the host explains how the combinations in order to make a song are finite. This is kind of a good way to explain music theory, but the video was more specifically referring to all possible combinations to create music.

To explain what music theory is, it is essentially “the rules” of music, in accordance to keys, time signatures, meters, etc.

The host talked about “The 4 Chords Song” by Axis Of Awesome to talk about how many writers fall into patterns and write songs with the same chords.  The only problem with that example is that a lot of the songs written in the Axis Of Awesome video don’t necessarily play the same chords; they have the same chord structure of I-V-vi-IV. You can change the key of the songs like Axis Of Awesome did and the song still makes sense. For example, you can have a song played in the key of C major, and your chords would be C-G-Am-F. If you change the key to G major, your chords would be G-D-Em-C.

What are your thoughts? Do you think we will run out of new music? Leave a comment below.


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  1. Music really can be very surprising. Play the notes of a major triad moving down from the dominant to the tonic and then back up to the upper tonic. You’ve just played the first few notes of the American National anthem.

    Rhythm, melody and harmony still combine to produce fresh music and there are thousands of scales, together with their attendant harmonies (and modal permutations), apart from those in regular use. We must also remember that fashion goes in cycles. Having said that, some believe (and I agree with them) that music written many years ago cannot fully satisfy contemporary ears. Our notions of acceptable and unacceptable etc. are linked to the standards prevailing at the time. As human beings, we are inextricably entwined with our surroundings.

    I sometimes feel that some of the most radical experiments in music exist because those involved are bored with music or because they were never passionately involved with it in the first place.

    • I agree that music goes in cycles. Just by looking at popular acts now like Adele and The Black Keys and how they fit with acts form the 1960s and 1970s. I think some music is made because of what you said, I’d like to think that those people are involved and bored with the music just because I don’t like it when disinterested are the major people involved because then that feeling goes to the listener and less people are interested in music. Sorry I started rambling.

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